Wine Week review

English Wine WeekEnglish – and Welsh – Wine Week has been and gone for 2013. Once more there were a plentiful array of wineries holding special events, including the welcome arrival of West Street Vineyard’s English Wine Barn, and from Wales came the welcome news about the proposed new association of the Welsh Vineyards Association. 

Here’s a round-up of some of my favourite happenings.

In the papers

In the newspapers, Matthew Jukes rounds up his top five fizz, including the freshly launched Sugrue Pierre fizz, made by talented consultant winemaker, Dermot Sugrue, while Susy Atkins enjoys some time with the delightful Cherie Spriggs, winemaker at top English sparkler, Nyetimber – Dermot's former workspace.

While Henners, Jenkyn Place & Meopham share Terry Kirby’s attention in The Independent, there’s a lovely Birmingham Post piece on how a Midlands red wine from Halfpenny Vineyards scored Silver in the Decanter World Wine Awards.


Angela Mount MW canters through our growing love affair with English wine on the Wines Direct site while Virgin showcases its three RidgeView wines, and Harvey Nichols reviews the extensive range it has on offer.

St George visits West Street Vineyard founder, Jane MohanOpen doors & open gates

Mary Griffin heads to the appropriately named Buzzards Valley near Tamworth in Staffordshire for a tour and the Wine Maestro, Brett Morris, visits the recently opened English Wine Barn at The West Street Vineyard, near Colchester. As one of our latests recruits, you can find out more about making a visit here.


There have been gongs aplenty, with the Sommelier Wine Awards being the first to break cover, awarding 4 Golds, 3 to sparkling wines, and 1 to a still.

While Henners did the double, scoring a Gold for both its white and its rosé fizz, Jenkyn Place did the treble, securing both a coveted Food Match gong and a Critic’s Choice Award. 

Wine Trail WalesWine Trail Wales

The info you need to make your way around the 17 wineries in Wales, including the lovely Ancre Hill Estate, head to Wine Trails Wales' fledgling website. @WineTrailWales tackles the big issues 

And finally, before we get too carried away, Lucy Shaw at Drinks Business reports how Chapel Down’s Frazer Thompson told this year’s seminar at this year's London Wine Trade Fair that consolidation was on the horizon, with pricing issues remaining at the fore as the English wine industry continues to mature.

As ever, watch this space...